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Hotel staff on Reddit were asked, “What’s the craziest, weirdest thing you’ve discovered in a guest room?” Staff from hotels around the world responded, sharing their experiences, stories and even compassion. Here’s our selection of the best. Nothing like a good salad!

Children, urns, wedding dresses… these are just some of the unusual items found in rooms after guests have checked out. The following stores were written by hotel staff on the website Reddit and we cannot therefore guarantee their authenticity!

Crazy and unusual

The following stories have been shared for fun and hopefully a few laughs. If you really can’t get enough of these, then take a look at the full list of disturbing and crazy stories on Reddit. We have to warn you though, your hotel stays will never be the same again…


What’s the craziest, weirdest thing you’ve discovered in a guest room?


As the owner of a bed and breakfast place for the last 8 years the craziest thing I ever found was an old battered notebook with “Why I love salad” written on the front and then literally 40-80 pages on why salad was amazing. There’d be the occasional suggestion that the author believed salad to be alive in some sense. Looked like it had been written on and off over the course of several years.


I was working at a luxury hotel and we had a fairly big name band staying with us. There were no noise complaints, and they seemed to be perfect tenants. When they left and we went to clean the room, EVERY SINGLE PIECE of furniture was nailed to the ceiling in roughly the same configuration that it was in on the floor. I found it to be quite amusing. Management didn’t.


I had a guy who said his microwave didn’t work and I went up to the room and he locked a plate of food in the safe.


Ducklings. The guest said the mother had died and started looking after the ducklings herself. We found them in the lodge bathroom. After that they were kept in someone’s office till the right people came to collect them.


There was this one guy who stayed at least one night every week and he always requested the same room. We thought he was maybe making drug deals or something so we searched the room after he checked out one day.
Turns out he was hiding a blowup doll under the mattresses. We threw it away and he only came back once after that. I kinda felt bad for him.


Cats. Cats everywhere. And a $100 tip with a not that said, “Thanks for taking care of these guys, be back in a week.”
She didn’t come back.


A goat dressed like Abraham Lincoln.
There’s no more story here, at least none that I know. Working as a cleaner in a hotel, went to clean a guest’s room, dreading it since they’d been there for a stag do, found the goat. Don’t know how it got there, or how it was removed, but it made a good story for a while.

rigurt 2072:

My boss has told me the story of a couple on their honey moon.
So we basically set out to try and get things our guests ask for and these newlyweds wanted a chocolate fountain. Sure, my boss thought, wouldn’t be to much of a hassle right? No, they had to search like crazy to find one. Well after the couple’s stay they check out and don’t really say much. When the maid is going to clean the room she basically goes in and starts laughing, my boss comes into the room to and there is chocolate everywhere, you could see her bum cheeks in the bed and on the table and even in the roof. You could make out where they started and where they stopped.


We had this guy stay for a full week without letting housekeeping into his room. Each day we brought him new towels and new trash bags and he would meet us at the door to take them. When he left, we were terrified of what we would find, but the room was spotless. He had not touched a thing, and had even gone behind himself to clean with bleach. All the towels we brought him were folded up neatly, apparently unused. Even the bed was how we had left it. Super weird.


We had a SWAT training in town, and a lot of the officers stayed at our hotel. I got a call a day or two after everyone checked out, (I worked the front desk), it was one of the officers. He told me he had made a huge mistake, and left his firearm, fully loaded, and another full magazine, on the top shelf of a closet in one of the rooms. I looked up what room he stayed in and got the gun. I had to leave it in my manager’s office for her to deal with the next day. I guess she shipped it back to him. Very irresponsible.

Imgs: Rafael TovarUnique Hotels Group / Flickr cc.

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